espeluker (c.1250)

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espeluker (c.1250)

[ FEW: 8,506a *pilucare; Gdf: ; GdfC: 9,540c espeluchier; TL: 3,1175 espeluchier; DEAF: ; DMF:  éplucher; TLF:  éplucher; OED: ; MED: ; DMLBS: ]
espeleker,  espelicer,  espeleucher,  espelucher;  espoulecher;  esplucher;  espulcher,  espeliter espelicer  94C espeluper,  espulicher  94B espuluper  

v.a.

1to strip, rob
( c.1250; MS: s.xivin )  Eschuez flatour ke seet flater & les genz espeluper  (C) 5vb
( c.1305; MS: s.xiv1/3 )  Le seneshal [...] espeluke (vars. espeleke (C)MS: s.xivin) la gent a tort  482
( 1312; MS: s.xiv1 )  (covetousness) espeluke (vars. espouleche (U)MS: s.xiv1/4; espluche (R)MS: s.xiv1; despoille (T)MS: s.xiv2) les povres gens E les reynt desques a dens  214

v.refl.

1orn.falc.zool.to pluck out one’s own feathers
( MS: s.xiiiex )  Icest mal (=fleas) peot hom conustre par ceo ke le oisel se espelice tut le jur e escut se sus sa perche  92C
( MS: s.xiv1/3 )  (a good sparrow-hawk:) corteisement se peyst e queyntement se proynt e sovent espeluke  536 (L)

p.p._as_a.

1peeled, stripped (of bark)
( s.xiii2; MS: s.xiii2 )  coperun de runce, le enter-escorche de seu, savine, de chekun uel pas, nettement lavé e espeluké  138
espeluker ses (etc.) dents
to pick one's teeth
( 1430; MS: s.xv2/4 )  Ne devez tes dens espelucher De festu al manger  (P) 68
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